Australians Pirate Breaking Bad More Than Any Other Country

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Australians Pirate Breaking Bad More Than Any Other Country

Breaking Bad airs in Australia just 5 hours after it does in America.

Earlier in the year, it was revealed that Australians pirated Game of Thrones more than any other nation. Now it looks like Australia has come out on top again, with Australia topping TorrentFreak's list of biggest Breaking Bad pirates. Australia only barely beat out the USA, taking 16.1% of all Breaking Bad torrent traffic compared to the US's 16%. Melbourne (a city in Australia) had the largest piracy percentage in a single city at 4.8%, with London following at 3.5%.

Previously, it was easy to point to the lack of legal alternatives as a reason for Australian's to pirate. This is indeed still the case for many TV shows, including the recent Season 4 of Arrested Development, which still is not legally available for Australians to purchase from any outlet, but the Breaking Bad crew have been trying their best to remedy this solution. Breaking Bad airs in Australia just 5 hours after it does in America on pay TV service Foxtel, and is available for download via iTunes.

However, a recent controversial policy by Apple effectively forced users who had purchased a Breaking Bad season pass to re-purchase the second half of the fifth season. For fans who don't want to buy into Foxtel's pay service, iTunes is the only legal outlet for Breaking Bad. Australians also routinely pay considerably more for digital goods than Americans, a problem that is now facing a national inquiry.

So, while it's easy to point at Australians and say "Har har, a country founded by convicts are now all pirates," you have to understand that they have been pushed around with American TV shows for a long time. Legal alternatives are often slow, expensive, and only arise once the show reaches the level of "mega-popularity" that shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have achieved, so you can understand why Australians would want to give these guys the middle finger and pirate.

Source: TorrentFreak

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I can safely say it isn't me because I haven't even started watching it yet!

Also, you spelt "barely" as "barley".

Had to do a quick double take at that.

Nice article, gives both sides of the story and informative. I haven't seen the show yet, will probably get it on DVD sometime myself, I prefer physical copies.

As long as corporations keep charging people extra for digital goods, for no reason other than said people live outside of America and said corporations can, I simply won't be as outraged by piracy as I should be.
And now they literally charge EVERYONE extra just because they can? What little sympathy I had is lost. Fuck you, Apple, and this is coming from someone who doesn't give a shit about this show.

Maybe this will change business practices, so they aren't losing a huge amount of cash. But probably not.

The amount we get charged for Foxtel (Which is our ONLY cable provider. Some people might nitpick and say there are other services in certain regions, but those are actually just different branding, and still actually Foxtel) means that no one will ever feel bad about it at all.

considering the commison into overcharging in software said that "because we can" is not justification into said overcharging, and piracy is understandable. and then they said US companies should only expect the bare minim of copyright enforcement, i doubt this will go more then a couple of examples at the most

Doesn't surprise me.
Whilst I don't watch it myself, its rather huge here in Melbourne. At least in some parts. It seems to be the one TV show that is talked about. Then there's the people who talk about GoT as well, however most of them are somewhat into more 'nerdy' passtimes.

As an Australian, this is a huge problem in Australia. Unlike the US, pay-tv is very uncommon (because like everything else it costs heaps, but that's another story) so saying that "It's available on Foxtel, so don't pirate it" isn't exactly a solution.

While personally I'm not a Breaking Bad watcher, there are so many hurdles to jump through to get access to American/British television I can frankly see why so many people turn to piracy.

If you want us to pay for soemthing, make it easy and convenient for us to pay. Make it a trustworthy service. Do not screw us at evry turn.

thats it.

is that to much to ask?

Credossuck:
If you want us to pay for soemthing, make it easy and convenient for us to pay. Make it a trustworthy service. Do not screw us at evry turn.

thats it.

is that to much to ask? Since when is it customary

That would imply there's mad bank in serving convenience to the customer /sarcasm.

Captcha: "Good morning!" Um, actually? I'm off to bed.

Article:
"Har har, a country founded by convicts are now all pirates"

First!....

To point out that that is indeed, quite funny.

well i propose the following Policy:

The ability to do mad bank shall eternally be ridiculed by governements staunchly refusing to exact anti piracy measures.
Its funny how on one side they blabber about how the market will regulate and that no government intervention is needed and on the other side try their damndest to squeeze out more legislation favoring their position.

I say fuck those people, they do not want to treat fair, so why should we.

The fact is: i can get an episode from a series mere hours after release in basically any part of the world via torrents or direct download sites.

So why the fck can't this be ofered as a legal service at a reasonable price? because they want to gauge us for maximum money and i say fck hat.

Of course they are. People need their entertainment and NOTHING is easily accessible to Australians due to the retarded government and even more retarded bureaucracy. What else can you expect as a result of such inefficient system?

Adam Jensen:
Of course they are. People need their entertainment and NOTHING is easily accessible to Australians due to the retarded government and even more retarded bureaucracy. What else can you expect as a result of such inefficient system?

Inefficient system huh? Is that why we have the one of the highest standards of living in the world or the low crime rate from our effective gun control? Tell me do you actually know anything about us or are you just another person who bases their idea about Australia on the rating system?

Also worth pointing out that we have a long history of TV series not airing until months/half a year after The U.S and U.K.

(still happens even now) so even if a show is broadcast a few hours or a day later, we are already so used to just grabbing everything as soon as its uploaded that most people wouldn't even think to check regular tv schedules, let alone the overpriced rubbish that is foxtel.

<-- Melbournian

Whether I've pirated the last few seasons of Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones will remain unsaid because it is a dirty, dirty practice that I'm loathe to even mention.

Blitzwing:
Inefficient system huh? Is that why our dollar is worth more than America or that that we have the one of the highest standards of living in the world or that the low crime rate? Tell do you actually know anything about us or are you just another person who bases their idea about Australia on the rating system?

Also, I hate to nitpick (not really, but w/e) but...

Hey, I haven't even watched that show. Don't look at me.

Incidentally, are those figures adjusted for population? I'm surprised that we could possibly beat the US in hard numbers considering we only have a population of 20m or so. That's, what... 7% of the US.

BanicRhys:
<-- Melbournian

Whether I've pirated the last few seasons of Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones will remain unsaid because it is a dirty, dirty practice that I'm loathe to even mention.

Blitzwing:
Inefficient system huh? Is that why our dollar is worth more than America or that that we have the one of the highest standards of living in the world or that the low crime rate? Tell do you actually know anything about us or are you just another person who bases their idea about Australia on the rating system?

Also, I hate to nitpick (not really, but w/e) but...

All right I need to update the dollar value but the rest still stands

Steven Bogos:
Melbourne (a city in Australia) had the largest piracy rate in a single city at 4.8%, with London following at 3.5%.

"Rate" does not appear to be the appropriate word there; this is the percentage of all downloads, not the downloads per unit population. The actual rate of piracy in Melbourne is nearly three times higher than that in London, since it had about half the population. That also means Perth is right up there with Melbourne in piracy per population, it's just smaller so it doesn't get the same proportion of global traffic.

Why Pirate when I can borrow from the library for free.

Sure I have to wait a bit longer, but I've never been that desperate to watch a tv show.

It makes sense. I hardly know anyone that has Foxtel. The majority seem to get it mostly for the sports and movie channels. I guess over the years of not having access to TV shows, even with Foxtel, it's just been ingrained into our minds.

"Have you heard of Breaking Bad? It's a really good show, you should check it out"

"Sure I'll just go home and download it tonight and see what it's like"

ron1n:
Also worth pointing out that we have a long history of TV series not airing until months/half a year after The U.S and U.K.

To be fair, here in the UK we're pretty far behind the US too. Things can take months or years to appear on our screens unless the show is really big. This is getting better, but all the good stuff still goes to the pay-to-watch channels first and trickles down to the free channels a long time after that.

Luckily I'm too apathetic to care much about keeping up with TV. I bought the first three seasons of Breaking Bad months ago, and still haven't gotten further than the fourth episode.

the reason is really simple, now correct me if i am wrong but pay or 'cable' television is common in america, in australia it is really fairly unusual to have pay TV, like really unusual, its just not a thing we do here, but all the popular shows from overseas (except doctor who, fantastic) air on cable tv, so yeah, we just pirate whatever cause foxtel isn't done and no free tv stations end up getting popular shows.

Kahani:

Steven Bogos:
Melbourne (a city in Australia) had the largest piracy rate in a single city at 4.8%, with London following at 3.5%.

"Rate" does not appear to be the appropriate word there; this is the percentage of all downloads, not the downloads per unit population. The actual rate of piracy in Melbourne is nearly three times higher than that in London, since it had about half the population. That also means Perth is right up there with Melbourne in piracy per population, it's just smaller so it doesn't get the same proportion of global traffic.

Thanks for clarifying that for me. I fail at maths

Credossuck:
If you want us to pay for soemthing, make it easy and convenient for us to pay. Make it a trustworthy service. Do not screw us at evry turn.

thats it.

is that to much to ask?

That can be said for anything and anywhere though.

Piracy for ANYTHING is primarily a service problem. The problem is we have old idiots able to pay off other old idiots in government, trying to keep the world from advancing, as they dont want to look at the problem from new angles.

i had a friend who pirated Breaking Bad, as getting up to date eps was impossible in the UK, until he found out Netflix UK would be showing the newest Season 5 eps, the day after the US. this friend happily paid the monthly subscription to watch legally

give people reasonable options, n a lot of people will take it

I'm not an Australian, but I'd just wish that television networks would simply stream of their channel right on their site. Unfortunately it's just not that simple - Thanks to contract agreements with cable and satellite companies, they're only able to allow viewing to anyone who's a customer to major cable and satellite companies.

Now I have a question - What is the freaking logic behind this??? It's obvious that the Internet has become the largest viewerbase, so cable companies try to strike fear into and constrain these television networks from creating a free, ad-laden Internet stream of their channel. And yet, most cable companies also function as ISPs, so what exactly justifies this fear?

...There's just no logic here, both in these decisions and in my words trying to explain it, but in the end it's just a mess of restriction that only causes piracy to appear as a better alternative for most people.

Available on Foxtel 5 hours after US transmission? That's nice. How's that market of people with money to burn and nothing to do working out for you?

LittleMikey:
As an Australian, this is a huge problem in Australia. Unlike the US, pay-tv is very uncommon (because like everything else it costs heaps, but that's another story) so saying that "It's available on Foxtel, so don't pirate it" isn't exactly a solution.

While personally I'm not a Breaking Bad watcher, there are so many hurdles to jump through to get access to American/British television I can frankly see why so many people turn to piracy.

To be fair though, it's shown on the ABC. Not sure when though or even how late they are aired after the US but it always comes up when I go to watch stuff on iView.

I haven't watched any but I've been meaning to at some stage and this doesn't really surprise me. The amount of time it takes to get South Park over here is pretty bullshit. Season 16 just started airing on SBS (free to view channel) which is a year and a couple of months after the US. To add to that, the DVD is only going to be released in the middle of September :/

The lesson of this story?

Nobody wants to SIT down at a specific time and watch something. They want to watch it at their leisure and at their convenience. HBO online is US exclusive so everyone goes and watches it online somewhere else.

The lesson of that story?

Get out of the fucking 1950's and globalize your streaming website. You are losing viewers and money hand over foot.

salfiert:
so yeah, we just pirate whatever cause foxtel isn't done and no free tv stations end up getting popular shows.

Well, that's half true. Some big shows do come to Aussie cable, however they come out a good season or 2 after it aired originally and half the time it gets taken down, moved to a different channel, or just fluctuates frequently in time frame. Take Dexter for example, it's first season aired on channel 10 around about the same time season 3 began, but it's time frame fluctuated heaps and after the first season it disappeared. A few years later it came back, different channel, different time frame, and skipped seasons 2-3. So yeah, I don't normally condone piracy, but it's hard not to sympathise in this case, especially when I take into account the price of Foxtel is $120 a month, compare that to the cost of internet ($100 a month for 150 GB is what I'm on) and it just makes sense. Now, if Australia could use Netflix, THEN we'd have no real excuse.

Ah, Western nations pirating Western media like there's no tomorrow and then they say: PIRATING IS STEALING, IT'S AMORAL AND BAD!

No wonder in communist times they painted America as spineless sectarians.

Dr.Awkward:
I'm not an Australian, but I'd just wish that television networks would simply stream of their channel right on their site. Unfortunately it's just not that simple - Thanks to contract agreements with cable and satellite companies, they're only able to allow viewing to anyone who's a customer to major cable and satellite companies.

They're also region locked. So if you don't live in the proper country you're shit outta luck, or redirected to your regions site which has half the content.

T3hSource:
Ah, Western nations pirating Western media like there's no tomorrow and then they say: PIRATING IS STEALING, IT'S AMORAL AND BAD!

No wonder in communist times they painted America as spineless sectarians.

You're right. Western developers are totally cool with pirates. Just look at Ubisoft.

That was sarcasm.

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